Shashi Kapoor, who has been the embodiment of romance and charm, wooed the top leading ladies of the ’70s and ’80s on the silver screen and captivated millions of fans, has passed away today. He was 79 years of age.
The actor/producer took his last breath at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai.
Part of Bollywood’s famous Kapoor family, Shashi Kapoor started his film career as a child actor and made his adult film debut with 1961’sDharamputra. He’d go on to star in numerous projects.
The veteran actor was known for his performance in Deewar,Jab jab Phool Khile, Aa Gale lag jaa and many more. He also worked in 1998’s Jinnahproviding narration to the film.
Shashi Kapoor was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2011 for his contributions to art-cinema. He was also awarded the 2014 Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest award in Indian cinema, making him the third member of his family to receive the award after Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor.
The legendary actor was married to late English actress Jennifer Kendal, with whom he established Prithvi Theatre in 1978. He is survived by his daughter Sanjana, and sons Kunal and Karan.